Raglan Review Jamie Christina Hi Lo Raglan6:00 AM
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|XS-XXL (bust sizes 32-49)|
Printable pattern pages/copy shop version
Measurements for Rectangles
|Straight size small|
Fabric Requirement for your size
|Bust and waist measurements only|
Pattern Printing Layout
|Knit with 25% stretch|
Layer Printing Option
Neck Line Options
|Banded or hood|
|Hi-lo hem only|
Separate add-on pack
|VERY loose and drapey|
Easy to read instructions
Drawing or photograph instructions
The Jamie Christina Hi-lo Raglan is nothing like my previous reviews. This is a big, drapey, comfy raglan. Unlike my other raglans, this is sewn up in a fabulous purple rayon lycra that I got from Cali Fabrics. I have to admit I LOVE how I look in purple and this is no exception. This pattern is a serious fabric hog. Those big drape sleeves take up a lot of width of fabric, but they're so worth it.
This pattern is best in fabrics with fabulous drape, so sweater knits, ity or rayon lycra are perfect choices here. One thing that isn't mentioned in the pattern but that would be REALLY helpful to know is to use knit seam tape OR some sort of stabilizer in the seams, else your garment is going to stretch out pretty badly. This was actually my first time using knit seam tape and I have to admit, I'm now in love. It made working with this super soft rayon lycra super easy. I used it on every seam and to stabilize the neck and hem before I top stitched with my cover stitch machine.
My measurements fell solidly in the size small without needing a full bust adjustment. I think this is one pattern where you could fudge the numbers a little and still fit just fine, so I wouldn't worry as much about doing a full bust adjustment. I did shorten the bodice 1 1/2" at the waist (there is no included lengthen/shorten line) so that the front scoop would hit right below the waist as indicated by the modeled photos in the pattern. I will say that I wish there was an additional scoop neckline on the pattern as that is a more flattering neckline for me.
I really Really REALLY love leggings, but I fall into the leggings are not pants category, so this pattern without modifications doesn't cut it for me. BUT, I think my next time I will just mash the back scoop hem onto the front pattern piece and have a fabulous tunic length that I could wear with leggings.
Who needs this pattern? Truth be told, this pattern got rid of most of my inverted triangle-ness. It softened a lot of the lines and makes me look more rectangle, leaning toward hourglass. That's a serious trick of the eye! I really like it and LOVE that it'd be great on those days when you feel bloated and yucky. It skims over all the lumps and bumps and has enough soft drape that it doesn't really catch on anything. And the butt coverage is awesome. I'm no expert on body shapes, but I feel like any body shape could rock this.
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What fabric would you use for your Hi-lo raglan?